The End of an Era

After over 6 years of intensive research and community development work in and around the Yachana Reserve, GVI Amazon is coming to a close. We have finished our final research project (look forward to our Road Effects paper, coming soon!) and are handing over the project to our partner, The Yachana Foundation. They will continue to maintain and monitor the reserve, using it as an hands-on science education center for students -- we're very excited to see what fabulous things this next generation of scientists find! For more detail on GVI Amazon's closure, and our accomplishments over the years, please read on...
GVI Amazon Closure Statement

Friday, February 10, 2012

CHARITABLE TRUST: 2012 Huaorani Jungle Challenge is ON!!

After two extremely successful mini-challenges last year (thanks, 2011 Amazon volunteers!) -- which allowed to purchase a water pump for a local community, and environmental education supplies for local schools -- GVI Amazon is super excited to announce...

the first-ever MULTI-DAY GVI Amazon Charitable Trust activity...


Shiripuno River, kayak portion of the challenge

Eweme, Huaorani guide & father of high school student Anita

This is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our volunteers: a 5-day multisport adventure, in which:
We'll spend 2 grueling days hiking with a Huaorani guide through dense, hilly, hot, humid, bug-infested jungle to go deep into the Huaorani indigenous territory. We'll be hosted by the Huaorani community of Wentaro the first night, sleeping in jungle hammocks in their traditional thatch-roof shelter, and then continue on the community of Kewediono.  There we'll join the community in cultural activities, a work project, and a visit to the outstanding high school project set up there, where GVI 6-month interns help teach skills like biodiversity monitoring, computer literacy, English, art and photography, alongside teachers of core subjects and Huaorani culture classes.
science lab at the high school

Huaorani kids at lunch on meeting day

traditional Huaorani community building

But it doesn't end there... after 2 nights in jungle hammocks in the community, we then take to the water as we kayak all day down the Shiripuno River, hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the area's rarest birds.  We'll stop for the night at the tent camp near the community of Nenkepare, where we'll put our boots on once more for a hike to the region's largest waterfall and a well-deserved dip!
waterfall, Nenkepare
Huaorani Association community meeting

Our last day will be a canoe ride out to the Shiripuno bridge, where oil development meets jungle head on, and we'll see firsthand the realities of development in the Amazon, and why it's so important for these communities to receive access to education, so they can fight to monitor, defend and protect their lands.

Funds raised through this challenge will go to support the following projects:
  • camera traps/equipment for the Nongi Togoro high school in the Huaorani community of Kewediono
  • sponsorship of the sustainable development seed planting project through Sumak Allpa, another GVI intern site, and the Sumak Allpa youth environmental group
  • books, supplies and hands-on science equipment for the GVI Mobile Museum, to take environmental education to our local school classrooms
  • future support of education projects at Sani Isla, where GVI interns teach English, science and sports
Please support our team as we brave Amazon jungle and rivers for 5 days to raise money to support education in rural Amazon communities.

GVI Amazon volunteers will be raising funds through JustGiving, at the following website:
If you are donating towards the goal amount of a specific volunteer, please put their name in the comments section.  Donations to JustGiving are tax-deductible in the UK.  For US tax-deductible donations, see the detail at the website above, but make your donation (include a comment with the volunteer's name, if donating towards a specific volunteer's goal)at our general GlobalGiving site:  (this site is not Challenge-specific, but funds donated will count towards this Challenge)
Huaorani canoe, Rio Shiripuno

Blaine Clarke, Country Director, GVI Amazon - Ecuador